The other news today would be the passing of legendary comic book penciler Gene Colan. If you don’t know who Gene is, you don’t know comics. Amongst other things, he created Blade in “Tomb of Dracula,” drew the first African American superhero with the Falcon, revolutionized books like “Daredevil,” “Howard the Duck” and more. He even won an Eisner Award in his eighties for his work on “Captain America #601.”
I was lucky enough to have met Gene at Comic Con International a couple of years ago, working as his talent wrangler for the Hero Initiative. I had to get Gene across the San Diego Convention Center floor from his booth in Artist’s Alley to the Hero Initiative booth, which was at the other end of the show. Given that Gene was using a walker, and couldn’t see out of one eye, it wasn’t easy. But I never heard him complain once. He was just happy that people were still interested in his art work.